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Uncertainty over Fens reservoir must end quickly says MP Steve Barclay

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MP Steve Barclay says he “remains concerned” at the length of time those affected by a proposed new £2bn reservoir in the Fens will have to wait for a final decision.

“I remain concerned at the length of time those affected will have to live with uncertainty impacting their lives, and more can and should be done at an early stage to address this,” he said tonight.

Anglian Water received 250 comments, attracted 550 people to events and their website outlining proposals for a £2bn new reservoir in the Fens was visited 35,000 times.

Last month MP Steve Barclay met with the NFU and farmers to understand their concerns about plans for a new reservoir between Chatteris and Wimblington.

Last month MP Steve Barclay met with the NFU and farmers to understand their concerns about plans for a new reservoir between Chatteris and Wimblington.

The reservoir is proposed for a site between Chatteris and Wimblington.

Mr Barclay said the reservoir is designed to supply 250,000 homes with water.

“Over the coming months, the Anglian Water and Cambridge Water team will be working on the design of the reservoir,” he said.

This will include the height, how it will be accessed, and conducting wildlife and ecological surveys to inform environmental assessments.

“There is lots of work to do to address some of the concerns of local residents, in particular those with homes and businesses directly affected,” he said.

Mr Barclay said work was ongoing also to “realise the opportunities a new reservoir would bring to the area.

Site of proposed new £2bn reservoir in the Fens

Site of proposed new £2bn reservoir in the Fens

“I will continue to meet with those who are worried about the proposals and scrutinise the plans as more detail becomes available.

“In particular I remain concerned at the length of time those affected will have to live with uncertainty impacting their lives, and more can and should be done at an early stage to address this”.

The MP added: “I have raised with the relevant business representatives and will continue to make this case in the weeks and months ahead.”

Feedback collected during Anglian Water and Cambridge Water’s first round of consultation on a £2bn plan for a new reservoir between Chatteris and Wimblington has been published. https://www.fensreservoir.co.uk/…/Fens-reservoir…

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